Taught course

English Literature: Literature and Society: Enlightenment, Romantic and Victorian

University of Edinburgh · School of Literature, Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in English literature or a relevant discipline

Nation, Writing, Culture

Months of entry


Course content

This programme offers students an introduction to the study of the ways in which writing in English has shaped or mediated political identities in England, Scotland and Ireland.

This programme introduces you to the relationship between literary writing and political and social discourse in Britain and Ireland between the ‘Glorious Revolution’ of 1688 and the end of the 19th century. This is the period of the creation of the Britain in which we live today, and also the time in which ancient British, Scottish and Irish national cultures were conceptualised as a response to radical literary, social and political innovations.

In examining the role of literary writing in this period, you will evaluate the ways in which it changed in response to social and political developments. You will also explore how Romantic conceptions of history, society and the aesthetic are developed and questioned during the course of the 19th century

Information for international students

To find out about the support offered to International Students at Edinburgh from arrival to graduation visit: http://wwww.ed.ac.uk/studying/international.

Fees and funding

Visit our Scholarships and Student Finance Office at www.scholarships.ed.ac.uk for information about funding opportunities.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0) 131 650 3030